travelling in scotland without a car

If you’re looking at leaving the car behind when you visit Scotland, then here are our tips for travelling in Scotland without a car.

Visiting Scotland can seem like a daunting task when you first look at a map and see great chunks of un-populated wilderness and narrow, twisting lanes taking you off to remote places.

But from our experience public transport will get you to most of the places you want to visit, or close enough to be able to throw on the walking boots and explore by foot.

The two main bus operators providing travel to and from Scotland with regular routes from the south of the UK are National Express and Mega Bus.

If you are thinking of flying to Scotland, then EasyJet, KLM and Flybe offer low cost flights to Edinburgh and Glasgow airports. Or if you prefer a more relaxed flight then British Airways might be for you.

The main airports in Scotland are Edinburgh, Glasgow, Prestwick, Aberdeen, Inverness and Dundee. Smaller airports include Stornoway, Balivanich, Isle of Barra, Isle of Islay, Kirkwall (Orkney), Sumburgh (Shetland), Lerwick (Shetland), Campbeltown and Wick. For a complete list of these airports visit the Highland and Islands Airports (HIA) website.

Shiel Buses

So, you’ve arrived in Scotland and now you want to explore.

The majority of inter-city and longer distance coach services around Scotland are provided by Scottish Citylink, Stagecoach, Megabus and National Express.

The main operators for local services are Stagecoach, First, Lothian Buses, Shiel Buses and National Express.

For a more relaxed form of transport Scotland’s steam railways include the famous Fort William to Mallaig line where the famous ‘Jacobite Steam Train’ takes you on an 84 mile round trip through some of the most breath-taking scenery the Scottish highlands has to offer.